10 things you didn’t know about the eclipse on August 21

Photo credit: Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

From where the Moon shadow will engulf to how fast the Moon shadow to moves, here’s everything you wanted to know about the Great American Eclipse

1

On August 21, 2017 the Moon’s shadow will take 90 minutes to cross the USA, touching 14 US States.

2

The Path of Totality is around 70 miles wide, but eclipse-chasers need to gather at its centreline; the further you go south or north of the centreline, the shorter the Totality.

3

It’s the first Total Solar Eclipse in the continental US for 38 years , since February 26, 1979.

4

So intense is the Sun’s light that the difference between a 100% and 99.9% partial eclipse is huge; only during a 100% eclipse is the solar corona visible.

5

People all over continental USA — as well as in Mexico, Canada and in the Caribbean — will be able to view a partial solar eclipse. New York City and Los Angeles will see a 71% and 68% eclipsed Sun, respectively, while Denver and Seattle will both get a 92% ‘deep partial’ eclipse.

6

When it hits land at Oregon the Moon’s umbral shadow will be travelling at 2,955mph, slowing to 1,462mph in western Kentucky, which therefore has a longer period of Totality.

7

The Moon-shadow splits Kansas City and St Louis, Missouri in two; eclipse-chasers will need to move north from Kansas City and south from St Louis to see Totality.

8

GreatAmericanEclipse.com estimates that South Carolina will be the busiest place on August 21, with 2 million people expected to travel down Interstate 95, which stretches from New England to Florida. The tiny village of Santee is where I-95 hits the centerline.

9

Observers at Blue Sky Vineyard near Makanda, Illinois, will get the longest Totality at 2 minutes, 41.6 seconds. The same area gets another eclipse on April 8, 2024.

10

The biggest city crossed by the Path of Totality is Nashville, Tennessee, population 1.8 million.

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